Pin­tail plate funds con­ser­va­tion schol­ar­ships in Ark.

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for any ex­penses to im­ple­ment your plan? Do you know how to get in touch with con­trac­tors to do the larger parts of the work like pre­scribed fire, mulching and thinning you may not be equipped to han­dle on your own?”

The last of those ques­tions can some­times be the big­gest bar­rier for many small landown­ers. The will­ing­ness to im­prove wildlife habi­tat is strong with many peo­ple, but know­ing where to get started can be daunt­ing. When get­ting started means the use of heavy equip­ment, it can be ex­tremely in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“That’s where the help of forestry con­sul­tants re­ally plays a key role,” Lewis said. “Man­ag­ing pri­vate land to en­hance wildlife habi­tat is what they ex­cel at, so they are the per­fect tool to reach­ing these landown­ers’ goals.”

Jeremy Wood, turkey pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor for the AGFC, says the work­shops were also a great way to build re­la­tion­ships with many peo­ple who can help the con­ser­va­tion ef­fort through some of the agency’s new ini­tia­tives.

“In the last year, we’ve re­ally ramped up our abil­ity to col­lect in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic to help get a bet­ter pic­ture of turkey and quail re­pro­duc­tive suc­cess, har­vest and habi­tat needs,” Wood said. “We have a rel­a­tively small staff of bi­ol­o­gists to con­duct sci­en­tific mon­i­tor­ing pro­grams, but we can build upon their ob­ser­va­tions by es­tab­lish­ing new con­tacts and work­ing with the peo­ple who are on the ground all year.”

Wood says the par­tic­i­pa­tion from pri­vate landown­ers was very en­cour­ag­ing and sim­i­lar landowner work­shops will be planned for 2020 in other parts of the state.

LIT­TLE ROCK — A north­ern pin­tail, a fa­vorite of many water­fowl hunters and bird­ers, is fea­tured on the 2019 Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion li­cense plate, the 20th in the se­ries.

The pin­tail art­work is the first duck fea­tured in the se­ries since a mal­lard was cho­sen to grace the plate on the 2004 edi­tion.

Matt Burns, as­sis­tant chief of ed­u­ca­tion for the AGFC, says the pin­tail was one of a few op­tions that were pre­sented, and a fi­nal de­ci­sion was made based on a few fac­tors.

“It has been a long time since a water­fowl-themed plate was avail­able, and ducks are one of the call­ing card species for Arkansas,” Burns said. “There were other species out there on ex­ist­ing plates, but no one had a pin­tail, and it’s just a re­ally good-look­ing bird.”

Con­ser­va­tion li­cense plates don’t just look good; they raise money for con­ser­va­tion con­cerns – about $1.2 million per year and more than $15 million since their in­cep­tion.

Burns says the li­cense plate rev­enue is used to fund many con­ser­va­tion schol­ar­ships and in­tern­ships for stu­dents look­ing to learn more about ca­reers in con­ser­va­tion.

“Con­ser­va­tion Li­cense Plate funds also are used for con­ser­va­tion ed­u­ca­tion in schools, such as school­yard habi­tat pro­gram grants,” Burns said. “Stu­dents and teach­ers work to­gether to cre­ate wildlife-friendly land­scapes on their school grounds, to at­tract and ben­e­fit pol­li­na­tors like monarch but­ter­flies and song­birds.”

Each plate costs $35 an­nu­ally, $25 of which goes to the AGFC Con­ser­va­tion Schol­ar­ship Fund; the Arkansas De­part­ment of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ceives $10. Plates may be pur­chased from DFA, Of­fice of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Spe­cial Li­cense Unit, P.O. Box 1272, Lit­tle Rock, AR 72203. To pur­chase in per­son, visit any rev­enue of­fice across the state. Call 501-682-4692 for de­tails.

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